Deanna Duke, author of the The Non-Toxic Avenger, What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You, chronicles her journey to detoxify her life after her husband was diagnosed with cancer and her son was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome. As she calls it, the “double whammy.” Although I think of myself as an educated chemical consumer, the book was eye-opening and a must read for everyone. As Duke aptly conveys, the time clock is ticking, and toxic chemicals are winning.
Deanna took certain body burden tests which revealed her level of toxicity for such items as pesticides, phthalates, and heavy metals. When you stop to think about how many personal care products you use, what you eat, and the products you bring into your home, you are simply living life through chemistry. Deanna reminded me of this very fact as she dissected each area of her daily routine including birthday parties, school supplies, the food we eat, and products we use.
What I loved about the book is Deanna’s easy way to describe how certain chemicals affect us. As the editor of the popular blog, the Crunchy Chicken, Deanna uses her way with words to make the subject matter not so heavy. In addition, she peppers it with home-made remedies and alternatives so anyone can follow in her footsteps. During her journey, she is comfortable sharing with us when her eco-plan went awry. But this is life. It is all a balancing act.
Now, I am not going to lie. It was hard for me to read the book. I had to put it down often since the subject matter was heavy. At certain points it made me feel a range of emotions from anger to hopelessness especially given that our own toxic chemical laws have not been updated since 1976.
However, in Deanna’s defense, she couldn’t or shouldn’t have sugar coated her story. It is a wake-up call. We are surrounded by toxic chemicals that are taking a toll on our lives. However, she has provided a very do’able road map that anyone can follow.
I highly recommend this book since Deanna is using her own body to highlight the dangers of certain chemicals in our lives. She just brings it home to a level that everyone can understand. Even educated consumers like me learn a thing or too.
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- Do you worry about the products that you are using? If so, which ones?
- Have you recently detoxified your life? If so, how?
- Have you ever had specialized tests done to see which toxic chemicals are in your body? If so, what did the tests reveal?
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